“Empire,” 9 p.m., Fox.
On Thanksgiving eve,
reruns and specials abound. So we might as well see (or re-see) this
terrific rerun of the “The Empire” season-opener.
Last season ended
with Rhonda and the pregnant Anika fighting on the balcony, with one
of them crashing down. Now – quickly and spectacularly – we learn
which one it is. There are other big moments, involving a thug
producer, his talented sister Tessa and Jamal, who tries to bounce
back after being shot and nearly killed. This is high-stakes,
high-voltage stuff, backed by some great music.
II: “Soundbreaking” finale, 10 p.m., PBS.
Big Mama Thornton's
”Hounddog” sold a half-million record; when newcomer Elvis
Presley did the same song, this excellent hour says, it sold 10
million. There were many reasons for that, including a basic one:
Presley had a 45-rpm single, the new thing for teens with their own
players in their rooms.
Such changes in the
delivery system keep transforming music. When long-playing discs
came, Frank Sinatra cut the first concept album. When FM radio grew,
the hitless “album rock” guys soared. Now comes streaming; our
descendants, Moby says, “will be baffled that people once owned
ALTERNATIVE: Specials, 8-11 p.m., NBC.
edition of the Macy's Thanksgiving parade will be 9 a.m to noon
Thursday on NBC and CBS. First, NBC has an 8 p.m. special, looking
back at the parade's history.
That's followed at 9
by a “Saturday Night Live” collection of Thanksgiving skits. In
the past, that's included Adam Sandler's “Turkey Song” and Paul
Simon in a turkey costume. Juliana Margulies found that her boyfiend
has strange eating habits; also, Martin Short gave us an Ed Grimley
Animation, 5:50 p.m.
and beyond, cable. Families have three networks to choose from.
Disney starts at 5:50 with its “Elena/Sofia” crossover (2015),
then has “Despicable Me” (2010) at 7. FX has “The Croods”
(2013) at 6 and and the delightful “Rio 2” (2014) at 8 and 10.
Freeform has female action heroes, with the gorgeous “Mulan”
(1998) at 6:45 and “Brave” (2007) at 8:50.
p.m., CBS. While others take a pre-holiday nap, this show has a
two-hour episode. That comes at a tough time for people from the
former “Millennials” tribe. After having only one of the first
five ousters, they've now had four straight; the latest was Taylor
Stocker, 24, a ski instructor.
“Hollywood Walk of
Fame Honors,” 8-10 p.m., CW. For 58 years, names have been added to
this sidewalk stretch; there are more than 2,500 of them, ranging
from superstars to the super-obscure. This special views highlights
and adds music fron Daughtry, Michael Bolton, Candace Glover, David
Foster, Pia Toscano and the Beach Boys.
“A Charlie Brown
Thanksgiving, 8-9 p.m., ABC. In a 1973 cartoon, Charlie tries to
assemble a feast on his ping-pong table. ABC tends to round out the
hour with the Pilgrim portion of its Peanuts mini-seres.
Christmas,” 8 p.m., Hallmark. This channel starts a five-nigt
streak of new Christmas movies. This has a former couple (Dean Cain
and Melissa Joan Hart) competing for a coveted TV job.
“Polar Bear Town,”
8 and 11 p.m., Smithsonian. We meet the young woman who was attacked
by a bear last year, surviving with strong support from friends and
community. Other portions are so-so: One guide adds a young
apprentice; another joins an ambitious process to identify bears.
9 p.m., ABC. In a rerun, Claire frets about “Take Your Daughters to
(CBS) and “Queen Sugar” (Oprah Winfrey Network), both 10 p.m..
Here are the night's only new, scripted episodes. On CBS, cult
members who tried a mass suicide are rescued; on OWN (with previous
hours from 7-10 p.m.), the siblings scramble to find a new mill for
their sugar crop.